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Smog Rule Released

smogThe EPA on Wednesday proposed a rule to reduce smog.

The agency is proposing to strengthen air quality standards to within a range of 65 to 70 parts per billion (ppb) while taking comment on a level as low as 60 ppb.

The Clean Air Act requires the EPA to review the ozone pollution standards every five years. The EPA last updated these standards in 2008, setting them at 75 ppb.

Agency scientists examined numerous scientific studies in its most recent review of the ozone standards, including more than 1,000 new studies published since the last update.  Studies indicate that exposure to ozone at levels below 75 ppb — the level of the current standard — can pose serious threats to public health and the environment.

A combination of recently finalized or proposed air pollution rules — including Tier 3 clean vehicle and fuels standards — will significantly cut smog-forming emissions from industry and transportation, helping states meet the proposed standards, the agency says.

The National Association of Manufacturers says the ozone regulation jeopardizes a manufacturing comeback.

“These are the facilities that make advanced cars and trucks, steel pipelines, fertilizer to grow our crops and roofing and insulation that keep our energy bills down,” said NAM president and CEO Jay Timmons. “This new ozone regulation threatens to be the most expensive ever imposed on industry in America and could jeopardize recent progress in manufacturing by placing massive new costs on manufacturers and closing off counties and states to new business by blocking projects at the permitting stage.”

Photo Credit: Los Angeles smog via Shutterstock

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2 thoughts on “Smog Rule Released

  1. OK, this was a bit laughable at first – now it is getting annoying. The National association of Manufacturers (NAM) is simply repeating it’s standard knee-jerk response to EPA proposals. But the fact of the matter is, that the industry will not be significantly adversely affected; and furthermore the industry needs to acknowledge it’s part in creating the environmental problems being addressed and it needs to shoulder it’s part of the cost to fix those problems – period. After all, does the industry use a portion of Earth’s natural resources? Does it contribute to pollution? The obvious ansers are “YES” – and therefore, the industry has a responsibility to clean up it’s act. We, the public, suffer as long as the industry continues to ‘freeload’ as they currently do.
    Check out this old EL link : https://www.environmentalleader.com/2007/06/22/industries-criticize-epas-proposed-clean-air-rules/. This entry from 2007 regarding “EPA’s proposed standards [that] seek to reduce ozone levels from 84 parts per billion … to between 70 and 75 parts per billion”; contains nearly identical protests from industry groups, in comparison to today’s article. Back then, the NAM claimed that the proposed rule would have a “very detrimental impact on manufacturing employment”. And this more recent EL link contains more NAM bleatings that are similarly without foundation in any truth: https://www.environmentalleader.com/2014/08/01/nera-study-predicts-high-costs-for-proposed-ozone-regulations/. Does any of this NAM nonsense sound familiar after having read the article of today?
    The lowering of the EPA ozone standard from 84 to 75 ppb 7 years ago clearly had little of the negative industrial impacts that the NAM and others bleated about. The very same ‘chicken little‘ is again claiming that the sky will now fall due to the new EPA proposal to reduce smog.
    Anybody willing to believe this new ‘falling sky’ refrain? If so, I have a bridge to sell.

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